Curriculum Vitae

Robin Lim, CPM

(married name, Robin Teresa Jehle Hemmerle)

Permanent U.S. Address:

248 Sunnybrook Rd.

Barrington, New Jersey 08007 U.S.A.



Resident Address:

Banjar Nyuh Kuning, Mas, Ubud,

P.O. Box 116

Ubud, Gianyar, 80571 Bali, Indonesia

Ph: 62 361 972732

HP: 62 81338 338 256


Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) Certified Professional Midwife CPM Certificate awarded 1998 by North American Registry of Midwives.  CPM #:99050028  Recertified in May, 2008

Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Associate of Arts Degree in general studies, 1980

Maui Community College, Maui, Hawaii, USA; Continuing Education Certificates in writing, art, drama, dance 1982 - 1988

Maharishi International University, Isola 2000, France, Student, 1976

Master Teacher of the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning,

Family of the Americas Foundation, 1997

Certified in Adult CPR and Infant CPR, American Red Cross, 4-12-01

Certificate BMIC Hospital – Basic Life Support Training Jan, 2008

Certificate – Oriental Medicine Pediatrics & Obstetrics A.P.D.A. Seminar in Bali, Indonesia.  22 hours of continuing education approved by NCCAOM  Dec. 2007

Professional Work Experience:

January 2010: Disaster Response and Relief Midwife, Traveled to Jacmel, Haiti, following the tragic earthquake there, to assist in Reproductive Health care, especially as a midwife handling high risk childbirth situations. Along with Team Bumi Sehat International, helped to establish a Mother~Child health and childbirth center, licensed by the Dept. of Health, Jacmel, Haiti. This birth facility lives on as a permanent installation, serving the survivors of the traumatic event. 

1993 - Present: Midwifery Practitioner, Indonesia, Philippines and USA

Provide full scope women’s health care: prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, lactation and natural birth spacing services.  Practice includes both western and non-allopathic methods including homeopathy, herbology. 

In Philippines, experience included volunteer work in hospitals and clinics, attendance at home births in villages.  Field responsibilities included, prenatal/postnatal care, primary perinatal caregiver, and surgical assistant in the case of cesarean birth.  Served as field advocate for gentle, culturally sensitive family centered childbirth.  First-aid caregiver, evaluating patients (average 6 to 12 per day) presenting in the field with illnesses and injuries, treating them or transporting to the hospital.  Homebirth practice, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.  Summer 1999 to Spring 2003.  Following that, return to field site in Bali to volunteer with Bumi Sehat Bali. 

2002 - 2005: Advisor/officer ACRPA AIDS Consciousness Research Project in Africa, a registered not-for-profit organization in the US that uses media to record the lives of AIDS patients while providing counseling, world wide.  APRCA shares this footage to raise consciousness for the prevention of HIV/AIDS/ (now inactive)

1995 - Present: Natural Family Planning Practitioner, teacher of the Ovulation (Billings) Method of Natural Family Planning (NFP).  1999 to Spring 2003 trained couples in NFP in Fairfield, Iowa.  Taught NFP from 1996 to 1998 to over 350 couples in Bali, Indonesia.  From Spring 1998 to Summer 1999, 50 couples in Mountain Provence and Benguette, Philippines.  Clients included blind couples at “Project Luke” and training field workers in NFP at “Shontoug Foundation.”

1995 - 96: EarthWatch Organization, Watertown, Mass, USA, Principal Investigator for research project, “Childbirth in Bali.”  Investigated components of culturally sensitive childbirth for Bali Hindu Dharma people and documented their unique rituals for early childhood.  Field season: Sept. - Dec. 1996, Nyuh Kuning Village, Bali Indonesia

1993 to Present: Executive Director Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) a not for profit organization, home office, Nyuh Kuning village, Bali, Indonesia.  With village counterparts in cooperation with Dept. of Health standards, organized funding and support for the building of a cooperative clinic in the village ot Nyuh Kuning, Bali, Indonesia.

2005 to Present: Early Responder and Medical Director for Yayasan Bumi Sehat Tsunami Relief Clinic in Aceh Barat, close to the epicenter of the Dec. 26, 2005 earthquake and tsunami.  Clinic averages 50 patients per day.  Offers general first aid, health services as well as safe motherhood/infant survival services. 

2005 to 2007: Teacher Facilitator for Capacity building Workshops for the 41 surviving Midwives in the Meulaboh, Aceh Barat area (156 midwives perished in tsunami) Day long seminar topics include - Trauma relief, Safe, Clean Calm birth in a disaster zone, Cord Care, Hemorrhage Prevention and Treatment in Emergency, Breastfeeding support and importance in disaster areas. 

Poet in the public schools - Department of Education State of Hawaii: 1989 - 1992

Organic Farmer - Grew 80% of the food for my family, including goat keeping.  Also grew organic bananas, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins for small commercial market.  Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, 1987 to 1992.

Member Teacher - Hui School, Haiku, Maui, 1986 to 1990.

Childbirth Movement Arts Volunteer Teacher - Adult Education Extension Program: Maui, hawaii 1882 - 1985

Summer Teacher - Santa Barbara School without Walls: 1980 - 82


English, native speaker

Bahasa Indonesia - fluent

Tagalog, Ilokano - limited not yet fully conversational


Author of the following books:  (pdf = available as online purchase and download)

*After the Baby’s Birth, pdf Celestial Arts/ Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, 1991, 2001  (revised edition) .  The first complete book written of the subject of women’s health after childbirth.  Widely reviewed, available in USA, Australia and Europe.

*Dopo la Nascita del Bambino Urra –Apogeo, Milano, Italy. 2007 In Italian language.

*Angel Heirs: An Anthology of Closely Inspected Ordinary Events, Half Angel Press, Maui, Hawaii, 1996, (co-authored with Margo Berdeshevsky).

*Traveler’s Journal A Journey of Inspiration, Half Angel Press, Maui, Hawaii, 1996, (co-edited with Sam Shapiro)

*Indonesia – Country Explorers Series, Lerner Publications, Minneapolis, Minn. 2000. rereleased in 2010 (written for children ages 7 to 10)

*Stretch Marks - Half Angel Press, 2001, a chapbook of poetry

*As a Child in the Religion of Gratitude - Half Angel Press, 2001, a chapbook of poetry

*Eating for Two... Recipes for pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, pdf Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, 2003.  A complete nutritional guide with recipes and practical advice for increasing mother’s health while protecting the well-being of the baby.

Tsunami Notebook, Half Angel Press, 2005, a collection of Lim’s field reports, poetry along with other poets, photos by Margo Berdeshevsky. 

Obat Asli... The Traditional Healing Herbs of Bali, Half Angel Press, 2006 An illustrated guide to the medicinal plants still in use on the island of Bali.  

ASI Exclisif Dong, (Exclusive Breastfeeding Dude) Half Angel Press/Yayasan Bumi Sehat, 2007 in Bahasa Indonesia a book for fathers detailing the importance of the husband’s support in breastfeeding for infant survival. 10,000 copies published by Australian Consulate Direct Aid Program – distributed free throughout Indonesia.

Anak Alami (Natural Child) Half Angel Press/Yayasan Bumi Sehat 2009 in Bahasa Indonesia.  A Guide book focusing on natural health for babies and small children  – 10,000 copies published by Australian Consulate Direct Aid Program – distributed free throughout Indonesia.

Ibu Alami, (Natural Mother) Half Angel Press/Yayasan Bumi Sehat 2009 in Bahasa Indonesia.  A Guide book focusing on natural health for pregnant and postpartum mothers.  – to be distributed free of charge throughout Indonesia, pending publication in 2011

Butterfly People (Anvil press, Philippine Islands Sept 2009 release) A novel by Robin Lim tracing the historical and magical lives of six generations of Lim’s mother’s family. 

Placenta The Forgotten Chakra pdf (Half Angel Press Bali, Indonesia 2010) A ground breaking book to make Birth more peaceful for the coming generations.  Discusses the importance and ramifications of delayed cutting of the umbilical cord.

Poems: The Geometry of Splitting Souls (Blue Light Press, S.F. December, 2011)

Periodicals - Writer or Contributing Author

Mothering Magazine, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Midwifery Today and Childbirth Education, Eugene, Oregon

The Birthkit, Eugene, Oregon

International Midwife, Eugene, Oregon

Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International, London, England

Journal of Perinatal Education, Washington, DC

The Tropical Homeschooler, Maui, Hawaii

Shaman’s Drum, Norwalk, Connecticut

Maui News, Maui, hawaii

Silversword Literary Publication, Maui, Hawaii

Demi Tas Literary magazine and news, Iowa City, Iowa

Bamboo Ridge, Literary Journal, Honolulu, Hawaii

Birth Gazette, Summertown, Tennessee

Weekly Reader, Fairfield, Iowa

Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul II, Fairfield, Iowa

Chicken Soup for the Veterans Soul, Fairfield, Iowa

EarthWatch Magazine, Expedition & Field Journal, Watertown, Mass

Contemporary Review, Fairfield, Iowa


 Philippine PEN, Cebu December, 2010 “Solidarity in Literature Without Borders” Speaker

 Vesak Buddhist Film Festival 2010 – Accepted the Excellence Award for:

Guerrilla Midwife a film by Déjà Benrhardt, which features Robin Lim’s work as a midwife. This award was presented by, the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 MANA Midwives Alliance of North America 2010 Conference Returning to Our Roots, Sowing Seeds for Our Future, October 14-17, 2010 Franklin, Tennessee. Speaker/Teacher “Placenta the Forgotten Chakra” a CUE approved workshop.

 International Summit on Childbirth, May 5 - 9, 2010, Damanhur Italy.

Il Melograno Childbirth Center, Verona, Italy, May 2010 – speaker

Senato Rome, Italy, presented Natural Childbirth model of care, and was interviewed. 

 2nd Annual S.E. Asian WaterBirth Conference, Bali, Indonesia, June 2010, Presenter

 In the fall of 2009 I was honored to share Bumi Sehat’s vision with our friends, family and supporters in Italy during World Breastfeeding Week. Sponsored by Farmacia Pozzi di Bassano del Grappa and L’Associazione Nazionale fra i Centri Informazione Maternità e Nascita “IL MELOGRANO”, I spoke in 22 cities in 20 days. The Italy 2009 tour ended in Napoli, where I spoke at the 1st Annual Italian WaterBirth Congress. Thanks to all the wonderful people of Italy for their continued and heart-felt support.

 1st Annual S.E. Asian Waterbirth Conference, Bali, Indonesia, June 2009, keynote speaker.2009,

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative conference, Austin, Texas, March, 2010.

 Nascere con Ibu Robin Lim ~ La vera rivoluzion per la pace, Damanhur, Italy, 22 June, 2008

 16th Annual IFOAM Organic World Congress Modena, Italy 16 – 20 June 2008 Keynote Speaker

 L’Arte Ostetrica 2007 “The art of Midwifery New Perspectives on Birth European Midwifery conference Held in Castello Pasquini Castiglioncello, Italy  25 to 27 Oct. 2007 Presenter/Speaker

 Conferenza Stampa Senato della Repubblica, Roma, Italy, 24 Oct. 2007 Speaker at the Italian Chamber of Senate.

 Il Melograno Childbirth Information Center Verona, Italy, 2 Nov. 2007 guest speaker

 XXII Congresso Del Movimento Nonviolento, Verona, Italy 4 Nov. 2007 Speaker

 UNICEF Congress on Infant Feeding, Oct. 2006, Venice, Italy, Speaker

 Euromedmediterranea  19 Sept 2006 Speaker as recipent of Alexander Langer International Peace Award/

 Ubud Writiers and Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia, 8-11 Oct 2005 Speaker

 *Presenter of Technical Update: Natural Family Planning for Core/SM/RH Working Group, Washington, D.C., March 2002.  Attended by representatives from: project Hope, Linkages, partners in Development, NGO Networks for Health, US Pharmacopeia, Global Assistance Initiatives, Institute for Reproductive Health/ Georgetown University, Child Survival Technical Support Project, ADRA, SNL/SC, SNL/ SAVE, AKFUSA, CSGP- USAID, CCF, CSTS, Advance Africa, MANA, 03/2002.

 *Midwifery Consultant, Guatemala and Belize in cooperation with the Plenty Project, Feb. 2002.

 *MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America)n Annual conference, Sept. 2001 - presentations on Safe Motherhood Initiative (with Ina May Gaskin, Suzanne Arms, and Mary Kroeger).  Organized and led a workshop on Natural Family Planning for the Postpartum Woman. 

 *MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) Nov. 2000 - closing Speaker

 *Global Midwifery Today Conference, New York, N.Y. Sept. 2000, Teacher/ Speaker in multiple sessions.

 *Breastfeeding Task Force, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Aug. 2000, Guest Speaker for World Breastfeeding Week.  Also organized and led a workshop for health providers. 

 *La Leche League, Fairfield, Iowa Chapter, Nov. 1995, Spring 1996, Jan., 2000

 *Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 1996

 *Family Born Birth Center, Princeton, N.J. Aug., 1995

 *Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Winter 1995, Spring, 1999, Fall, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Guest Speaker

 *Midwifery Today Conference, New York, N.Y., Sept. 1994 Speaker

 *WABA World Breastfeeding Alliance, 2005 received grant to promote breastfeeding by education the fathers of babies. 


Women’s PeacePower Foundation gave Lim the Women of Peace award in 2005.

 Asian American Volunteer Person of the Year 2005, shared award with daughter, Deja Cresencia Jehle Bernhardt. 

 Alexander Langer International Peace Award, 2006

 CNN Hero 2011

 Honored by the “Kick Andy Show”, Metro TV Indonesia, Hero 2011

 Ted Talk, May 2011

Professional and Community Organizations:

North American Registry of Midwives, CPM #:99050028

Ikatan Bidan Indonesia (Indonesian Midwives Association) Kode #1505 No Anggota: 0222

Midwives Alliance of North America, voting member

La Leche League International, member

Family of the Americas Foundation, Master Teacher, NFP

Hawaii Midwives Association, member

Iowa Midwives Association, member

Iowa Poetry Association, member

ACRPA, AIDS Consciousness Research Project in Africa, advisor/ officer

Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Bali, Indonesia, volunteer midwife, Exec. Dir.


Hobbies and the bigger picture:

Lim is the mother of eight children ages 5 to 34, grandmother of two.  “I love to bake bread, do yoga, stitch up cuts, make up stories, plant vegetable gardens, milk goats, sing, write and read poetry.  My biggest joy is my children and my husband, Wil.  We have traveled and lived as a family in France, United States, Canada, Italy, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.  My passion is preserving the dignity of Mother and Child, insuring that they have effective, clean, kind, culturally appropriate health care – as a basic human right.” 

For more information about Ibu Robin see the following websites:  (to know more about the documentary film; “Guerrilla Midwife” which features the work of Robin Lim as a midwife)


Revised: March 29, 2011





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